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The Common Cents Conference™ is the premiere conference to address financial issues across the region of Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and West Virginia. This conference gives attendees an opportunity to learn about the financial problems facing residents and innovative program models to help residents achieve all their financial dreams. The 2017 conference will be held September 12th-13th at the DoubleTree in Bethesda, MD. 

The Common Cents Conference is hosted by free tax preparation and asset building coalitions from Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. These coalitions conduct critical outreach to insure that low-income families receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, provide free or low-cost tax preparation, and connect families to appropriate financial services and education. These coalitions serve more than 53,000 residents each year.

Check out photos from the 2015 conference, courtesy of Jay Moore Photography:

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US Congressman Don Beyer with co-hosts Carolyn Spohrer, Virginia CASH and Robin McKinney, Maryland CASH
US Congressman Don Beyer with co-hosts Carolyn Spohrer, Virginia CASH and Robin McKinney, Maryland CASH
Baltimore CASH wins award for Innovative Program
Baltimore CASH wins award for Innovative Program
US Congressman Don Beyer and Arlington County Council Vice-Chair Walter Tejada
Rappahannock United Way wins award for Community Capacity Building
Rappahannock United Way wins award for Community Capacity Building
Terri Center and Adrienne Ross, Rappahannock United Way, Adrienne Ross and Carolyn Spohrer, Virginia CASH.
EDG's Roman Corpuz
EDG's Roman Corpuz
Roman Corpuz introduces Arlington County Council Vice-Chair Walter Tejada
Arlington County Council Vice-Chair Walter Tejada
Arlington County Council Vice-Chair Walter Tejada
All of our award winners!
All of our award winners!
Adrienne Ross, Rappahannock United Way (Community Capacity Building), Sara Johnson, Baltimore CASH (Innovative Programs), Tawana Lofton, City of Gaithersburg (Government Commitment)
Congrats to the award winners!
Congrats to the award winners!
Robin McKinney (Maryland CASH), Adrienne Ross (Rappahannock United Way), Vice-Chair Walter Tejada (Arlington County Council), US Congressman Don Beyer, Sara Johnson (Baltimore CASH), Tawana Lofton (City of Gaithersburg), Carolyn Spohrer (Virginia CASH)
MD and Virginia CASH with Cong. Beyer and Vice Chair Tejada
MD and Virginia CASH with Cong. Beyer and Vice Chair Tejada
Thank you to our sponsors!
Thank you to our sponsors!
Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Intuit!
Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Intuit!
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Tara Straw of CBPP answers your ACA questions
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Sara Johnson of Baltimore CASH leads a session on helping to connect clients to asset building services at tax-time
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Natalie Neill of Habitat for Humanity describes their work at tax-time.
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Jenny Graybill, Human Services Programs of Carroll County
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Anna Leavitt of CAPSAW describes their work in Virginia.
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Ranetta Marable of Be Empower shares awesome tips on financial coaching
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Staff from Community Tax Aid and Baltimore CASH help problem solve tough tax situations.
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Our friends at Money Habitudes have great tools!
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Have YOU played the Good Credit Game yet?
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Pam Wilson of Guidewell Financial Solutions shares her ideas on effective financial coaching.
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Catherine Wright of Baltimore CASH
Free books for everyone!
Free books for everyone!
People are always smiling at Common Cents!
People are always smiling at Common Cents!
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Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Capital One!
Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Capital One!
Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Intuit!
Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Intuit!
Robin tells the best jokes!
Robin tells the best jokes!
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MD CASH Director Robin McKinney with award winners Tawana Lofton and Maureen Herndon of the City of Gaithersburg
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Carolyn tries to convince Robin to come back behind the podium
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Robin entertains the crowd
Capital One's Nancy Stark
Capital One's Nancy Stark
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Capital One's Nancy Stark introduces the keynote speaker
Keynote speaker Olivia Mellan
Keynote speaker Olivia Mellan
Keynote speaker Olivia Mellan
Keynote speaker Olivia Mellan
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Virginia and Maryland CASH with keynote Olivia Mellan
Virginia and Maryland CASH with keynote Olivia Mellan
Give me my free book! Money Harmony by Oliva Mellan
Give me my free book! Money Harmony by Oliva Mellan
Virginia and MD CASH with James Kirby, US Conference of Mayors
Virginia and MD CASH with James Kirby, US Conference of Mayors
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Building good programs starts with listening to clients
Building good programs starts with listening to clients
Free in DC Blogger Amy Melrose
Free in DC Blogger Amy Melrose
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Amy Melrose shares her successes with free tax prep through DC's Community Tax Aid and matched savings account through Capital Area Asset Builders
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Ellen Evans of Intuit introduces Cong. Don Beyer
City of Gaithersburg wins Government Commitment award
City of Gaithersburg wins Government Commitment award